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His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and His grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos fully endorse and support the following statement from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America,

THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE CONDEMNS
THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN ORLANDO

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is saddened and appalled by the latest senseless mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people lost their lives and many more were injured.

We express our unequivocal condemnation for this terrorist attack, the worst mass shooting in American history.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. May God give rest to the souls of those who were brutally killed and may He provide comfort and courage to their families, as well as to those injured and are now facing the difficult road to recovery.
We also fervently pray to the Lord and God of mercy and peace, to strengthen and guide all efforts to eliminate from the face of the earth the plague of terrorism and the poison of hatred and violence, and to advance reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among all people.